Acts 8:9 - 13
In these verses, Simon had claimed that he was someone great, but we are not called to proclaim that we are great. We are called to be humble. C.S. Lewis says,” humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” Humble people do not brag about how great they are; instead, they wait for God to exalt them. In Matt 23:12, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Through these verses, we are reminded to be humble. God seeks humility in the hearts of His people, and the results of humility are what we should strive for.
Humility is childlike. What can children teach us? Childlike humility means you don’t try to exalt yourself over others like what Simon did. If you tell them a story about something cool you did, they won't try to outdo you, as an adult might. They'll just stare at you with their eyes wide open, thinking you're really cool. We need to be teachable like children. We need to be pliable in God’s hands. We should be a disciple who is willing to be taught and eager to learn. Childlike humility means you associate with the lowly. Some adults may believe they are too good or important to hang out with certain people, but children do not. Childlike humility means you’re not wise in your own eyes. Children know they’re lacking wisdom and understanding, and they know they need guidance and instructions. And childlike humility also means you need to be submissive, letting others have their way and putting others’ wants before our own. Ephesians 5:21 says, “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Humility is important because it is required to love God and other people. We cannot find true happiness unless we love God and our neighbor, and we cannot find true happiness unless we are humble.